COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten.
"I'm proud of our guys' effort tonight against a really good Minnesota team," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "I do think we benefited from the fact that they probably had some tired legs from Friday night. But take nothing away from our guys' approach. Our defense set the tone."
Cold shooting and bad rebounding put Minnesota in a big early hole. The Gophers failed to grab an offensive rebound in the first 10 minutes of the game.
"If you are not going to bring good physical basketball, you are not going to win in this league," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. "(Ohio State is) really good at simple good basketball.
"They are really physical -- tough and physical. And they impose it on you."
Ohio State dominated every aspect from scoring to rebounding, and overwhelmed its Big Ten rival from the start. Minnesota struggled to find the basket up close and at a distance, and never challenged.
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Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. is 15 of 34 from 3-point range in eight games.
Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy is just one point away from 1,400 points to go with 1,000 rebounds in his career, which would make him the 11th player in Big Ten history to that milestone.
The Buckeyes played their first game without freshman guard Luther Muhammad in the lineup. He dislocated his shoulder against Syracuse and is out indefinitely. Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said Muhammad continues to rehab, and there is no timetable on his return. Muhammad is averaging 27.9 minutes and 8.9 points.
Minnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.
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